Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271934

Description

Large piece of white kapa cloth, probably part of a multi-layered kapa moe, or Hawaiian sleeping cover. Thin and very soft, the kapa is heavy and embossed with lines of different sized circles. Kapa (the Hawaiian word for tapa) is a cloth made from the inner bark of trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Inscription

"75" or "15" (small circular paper label, white with red outline, writing in pencil)

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

22 x 34 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3658